Monday, April 6, 2009

Flexible Learning Course - 2009

I have just joined up for the Flexible Learning Course 2009. It is an exciting program, developed by staff in the Educational Development Centre of Otago Polytechnic in New Zealand and the best news is that it is free. Yep - free. The course is structured into chunks, so you can practice a range of activities that are designed so that you have a go at different things, like developing a blog, reading and responding to other blogs and meeting a group of other interested people.

I have a little experience in blogging and I set up my blog last year. I have posted intermittently and met some very interesting people around the world who have similar interests to me. I am a PhD candiatate at La Trobe University in Bendigo and I am interested in exploring whether blogging can be a way for practitioners that are socially or geographically isolate to engage and connect with other professionals. I am looking at a couple of different ways of reflective practice and one way is via a blog.

My reasons for doing the course are to develop my skills, experiences and confidence with flexible learning and to engage with other people who are also interested in these topics. I hope to also be able to learn the language of e-learning, PLEs, delicious, twitter and other strange words.

I have two blogs and they are linked via my profile. One blog (this one) is about reflective practice and the other one is more personal and family orientated. I wasn't sure about whether to combine the blogs or separate the blogs. I had thought that family members might enjoy the personal one and be bored with the reflections, and the people interested in the reflections wouldn't really be interested in my veggie garden. I am interested in your feedback - what do you think?



traceys said...

Hi Helen

I like your blog. It comes across as warm, friendly and welcoming. My own blog is very new, but already I am hooked and thinking about starting other ones for other areas of interest. I think it is a good idea to have separate blogs for personal things. Then readers can make an easy choice as to what they want to read.

Good luck with the course. Tracey

Helen said...

Thanks for the feedback Tracey - I'll be over to check out your blog and I look forward to getting to know you more as we meander through the course.


cyndy mckenzie said...

hi helens reflections. I am cyndy mckenzie and work in the textile dept of the school of fashion dunedin new zealand.i to am very keen on the idea of reflective practice and experiencial learning and am interested in exploring these in more depth. I work 2days a week and am not so good on computors and al this new technology and spelling. I have a workroom where i pursue my personal practice Textiles working with in the field of installation around body and space. cheers am off to the wikipedia face to face this afternoon . cyndy lookforward to hearing from you.

Helen said...

Hi Cyndy - it's nice to hear from you. I would like to connect up with you too, and I look forward to getting to know you better.


Sarah Stewart said...

I have struggled with this issue for the last couple of years but can't be bothered to run 2 blogs, so I combine more personal stuff with my professional posts at a ratio of about 1 personal to 3/4 professional posts. That seems to work & give a more personal face to my professional persona.

Helen said...

Hi Sarah
Thanks - you make a good point that merging the two blogs does provide the personal and professional face. I'll keep thinking about that.